The first priority in the emergency room is to secure access for oxygen. ER doctors are taught the A-B-C acronym to prioritize their actions and A is for airway. Being surrounded by air doesn’t help the patient whose throat is swelling shut unless that breath of life has a way inside. So, the staff takes immediate action to insert a tube and keep that pathway open.
What about me? Am I cut off from the life-giving flow of grace that my soul needs? The first step in the treatment plan is to open up the graceway.
A is for acknowledge your need.
As Dr. Harry Kraus points out in his book, Breathing Grace, pride is the main obstruction to grace. It shuts off the avenue and blinds me to my need. Pride causes me to take control of the steering wheel in life and think I can handle things on my own. Pride leads me to conceal my sin and weaknesses.
Instead, if I recognize my extreme need for God’s grace and lay down my pride, then I have re-opened the “airway” for the fountain of God’s riches to flow into my life. (And I’m the first to admit that I have to do this daily if not more often!)
What about you? Do you wrestle with pride? Can you think of anything else that cuts us off from the supply of grace?